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Damien is going to be back on the radio!
The Soundhouse recording studio kindly shared this photo on their Facebook page today.
Happy #MolonyMonday
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Cool. our first "something to look forward to" in 2017!



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Yay good news!

ps. that shirt is awesome! biggrin



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Yay brilliant news!! Love a Damo reading!

I can't work out if his jumper is bright pink or red?

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Yes! Fingers crossed it's on Radio 4 soon, as with previous recordings for BBC Belfast.
'Bottlemen' though? I can't recall a play, short story or poem of that name.. and assuming it's not related to Catfish and the Bottlemen does anyone have any ideas? Will have a Google..

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I do hope it's on Radio 4 soon, I love hearing Damien's readings. I'm having problems with my eyesight at the moment (nothing serious) so the radio is my friend right now.
I've no idea what it is about, so look forward to finding out.

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Yay for some radio damo! And a pic.... smile

I have no idea what 'Bottle-Man' is....but hearing Damien read on the radio is always a treat so i'm looking forward to it regardless.  And it's great to have something to look forward to!

 

Ellie - hope your eye problems are sorted soon



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Ah.. Bottle-Man not Bottlemen.. not that I'm any the wiser.. in my defense, it was def the latter on their Twitter page.. really want to know what this is! 



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We have a date and info!

Damien will be back on BBC Radio 4 to read a darkly comedic tale 'Bottle Man', 7.45pm Sunday 26 Feb.

 

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The programme will be available to listen live and on catch up via the BBC radio iplayer, uk & internationally! 

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Bottle Man | BBC Radio 4



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not long to wait then!



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I know! Just over 1 week! Is another forum countdown a bit OTT?

Very much looking forward to this darkly comedic tale reading.


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I think a forum countdown is very much called for! We need to have lots of Damien to look forward to in 2017.

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Oooh - we do all seem to enjoy a bit of dark comedy....I certainly do.  Really looking forward to this! (although I'll probably not get to listen live hmm - thank the gods for iplayer!)

And I agree - there can never be too many forum countdowns!



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Forum countdown is up! only 5 days to go until Damien is back on the radio! Who will be tuning in?

This will be Mr Radio 4's twelfth appearance on BBC Radio 4, pretty impressive.



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I love Damien's readings! We're so lucky that Radio4 love him as much as we do!

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I might try to tune in live.  Will be 11:45 am for me.  Then I'm sure I'll listen to it a "few" more times... biggrin



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I've set it to be recorded as I'll be out when it airs, hope it works! Failing that, iplayer to the rescue!
I just love listening to his voice.

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Not long to go now! Can't wait.

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Molonians! Don't miss Damien reading Bottle Man 7.45 pm on BBC Radio 4 TONIGHT!

You can listen live and on catch up at the link below, works uk & internationally! 

 

Bottle Man | BBC Radio 4



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Did everyone manage to catch this? what did you think? (if not you can listen any time at the same link on catch up!)

 

I really liked Bottle Man, big fan of the non realism side to it (artful) and loved how curious that made me feel.. definitely needs a re-listen. It really was funny and dark, light but deeply disturbing, and I felt Damien adapted his reading style in a way I'd not heard before. Awesome work all round. In terms of stories with a more 'absurdlist' or abstract flavour it  brought to mind The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. I couldn't really say why though and should also add I have flu = flu addled brain.

This has def piqued my interest in Nicole Flattery's writing, I hope we see more of her work.



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I enjoyed it. I liked its surreal nature and the dark, twisted ending. I think Damien read it really well in a matter of fact way which contrasted with the weirdness of the story. I wondered if the bottle was a metaphor for the denial the character is in.

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I thought this was a really nicely crafted bit of writing and Damien's reading established an unreliable narrator without labouring the point. I'd say it leaned more to the dark than the comedic side - although there were flashes of dark humour I found it more disturbing overall.

I agree with you RP, the bottle seemed to be a metaphor for a barrier between the narrator and all the things he can't deal with, which seemed to be just about everything, TBH.

I found myself thinking about what was not said long after I'd listened to it and had to go back to listen again for some details that might confirm (or deny) thoughts I had about it. I suspect with that level of surrealism, most things bear a second or third reading/listening to figure out what might be going on. There are some lines that could appear to be throw aways that could also point to significant events ("I don't remember the kicking motion/...and I think that small voice was mine") and there are some recurring themes/images that stand up to some unpicking, too, notably fire/flames.

I think Nicole Flattery is a young writer who doesn't have much out there as yet, Domino. There's a magazine specialising in new Irish writers called The Stinging Fly that has stories from her in a couple of issues. I noticed the Radio 4 blurb mentioned that stories were specially commissioned so presumably she got noticed either through those publications or through some sort of workshop.



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I hadn't noticed the recurring themes Maghat, I'll definitely have to have another listen!

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I loved this! Although it did need a double take.  I pretty much agree with everything you've already said about it Maghat!

I'm not sure how 'comedic' it was....but I like your description 'light' domino - it did feel light, and a bit quirky...mildly amusing....right up until the rug got pulled out from under me and I felt very disturbed, but kinda not sure if i should feel like that and immediately needed to listen to it again to see if I'd got it!  Which is genius.....but I'm not sure how I'd feel about it if I hadn't had the opportunity to listen again.  i guess it would still be playing on my mind....which is still genius!!

And I loved the casual/matter of fact delivery that Damien gave it.....it totally added to the whole 'did i just get that?' feeling.



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fifi. Damien's reading was light, but the story itself wasn't for me, apart from the funny bits (and i did find it funny in places), that juxtaposition of a light reading against an increasingly disturbing story gave the words more power.

Interesting about the metaphor for denial Rosie I had not considered that.. was going more along the lines of disconnection from reality and self.. fragmentation..I guess if one was going to get super literary about it it could relate to deconstruction of conventional story telling (realism versus something more modernist), or in terms of art, something more abstract. impressionist or even cubist?

Maghat yes I did look for more on Nicole Flattery's work as soon as it was announced, her short story is part of a series on Radio 4 celebrating Irish talent but fingers crossed this good exposure for her will act as a launch pad for her work becoming more widely available.



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